Welcome to the first Carers NSW eBulletin for 2017

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Abstract submissions for International Carers Conference 2017

Caring into the Future: the new world?, the 7th International Carers Conference 2017, is to be held in Adelaide from the 4 - 6th October 2017. Abstract submissions are invited until 10 February 2017 via the Carers Australia online abstract submission system. Click here for the conference details and here for the online subscription form.

Statutory Review of the Carers (Recognition) Act 2010

The Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 was reviewed by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) on behalf of the Minister for Disability Services, and the final report on the review of the Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 has been tabled in the NSW Parliament. Click here to read the report.

icare Foundation launch

The NSW Government has launched the icare Foundation, which aims to improve the wellbeing of people injured at work or on the road by focussing on research and building partnerships with businesses and community organisations. Carers NSW is one of these partners and will support the delivery of individualised carer support programs for families and carers of people who have sustained serious injuries. Click here for details.

Research at Carers NSW

  • Click here to join the Carers NSW Research Community. Members will be sent invitations to participate in the latest research and be updated on relevant findings.
  • Click here to see the latest Research Snapshot. The Research Snapshot overviews recent research publications relating to carers.

In This Edition ...

CALD carers
Employment, finances and housing
Mental health
Older people
Young carers
Conferences and forums
Training and events

CALD Carers

Aged care resources for CALD communities

Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) and Northside Community Forum have developed easy to understand flowcharts showing the steps involved in contacting My Aged Care for services, receiving an in-home assessment and receiving a service. Click here for PICAC and here for Northside Community Forum information.


Accessible transport options

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) has recently reported that a major car hire company has introduced wheelchair accessible vehicles to its fleet. Click here for more information.

Carers NSW NDIS e-Newsletter

The Carers NSW NDIS Update is a monthly e-newsletter designed to help carers keep up to date with developments in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Click here for the latest edition of Carers NSW NDIS Update, or click here to subscribe.
Running or setting up a support group for carers of people with disability?
The together program provides opportunities for disability carer support groups to link with each other, Carers NSW and a Regional Assisting Organisation to receive support. Support can include education and training and small grants to assist in the running costs of the group. Click here for more information.

Employment, Finances and Housing

Analysis of workforce participation of carers

An analysis by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) of the 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) has reported the labour force participation rate for primary carers is much lower than for non-carers. Click here for more information.


Resources to support carers of people with dementia

  • Rethink Respite, a free new online education program developed by the University of Wollongong, helps carers of people living with dementia learn more about respite and how to navigate the service system. Click here for more information.
  • Diagnosis, treatment and care for people with dementia, developed by the people living with dementia, their carers, researchers and clinicians, is designed to support consumers to be fully informed when being investigated or treated for dementia. Click here for more information.

Educational videos on palliative care

The Palliative Care Bridge has developed educational videos and resources to support health professionals and carers gain confidence and specialised knowledge to deliver appropriate palliative care. Click here to view the videos.

Dementia cafés - Sydney's inner west

Dementia cafés offer carers of people with dementia an opportunity to meet other carers and connect with service providers in the local community over a cup of coffee. Interested service providers operating in Sydney’s Inner West can contact the following dementia cafés for more information:
  • Marrickville: DeCooks Café - 2nd Thursday of every month at Georgia’s Kitchen 527 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville. Contact Natalia Sousa at
  • Concord (younger onset dementia): “On Track” Café - 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Kokoda Café, Rhodes Park Concord. Contact
  • Leichhardt: D’café on Norton - Fourth Tuesday of the month at Café Gioia 126A Norton Street Leichhardt. Contact Gabrielle Higgins at or 9367 9043. 
Please check with your local council or click here to find your nearest dementia café.

Mental Health

Mental Health Carer Experience Tool

The Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network (AMHOCN) has developed a new carer experience tool to support mental health services monitor and improve carer engagement. Click here for more information.

Mental Health Factsheets

SANE Australia has recently launched a Facts & Guides section on their website providing easy-to-read, practical guides with information about symptoms, treatments and guidelines to finding help when required. Click here to access the website.

Prevention strategies to support families

A research article presented in GEMS, the online newsletter of Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI), has indicated that high quality implementation initiatives have the potential to increase the uptake of quality prevention programs for families. Click here for the newsletter and here for the research paper.

Older People

Elder Abuse Discussion Paper

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has released its Elder Abuse Inquiry Discussion Paper which includes 43 law reform proposals. Submissions for comments and feedback are open until Friday 27 February 2017. Click here for more information.

Crafty tips to make caregiving tasks easier

AARP (USA) has produced a series of videos offering simple solutions to help caregivers make life easier around the house. Click here to view the videos.

Young Carers

FACS High School Scholarship Program

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has recently introduced the FACS High School Scholarships Program offering $1,000 a year to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 living in social housing, as well as those studying a VET course, school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, to help with their school expenses. Click here for more information.

Young Carers e-Newsletter

Click here for the latest edition of Carers NSW Young Carers e-News, or click here to subscribe.

Conferences and Forums

Caring into the Future: the new world? 7th International Carers Conference 2017, 04-06 October 2017, Adelaide,

Training and Events

Youth Mental Health First Aid, 2nd & 3rd Feb 2017, Woolloomooloo.

NDIS Provider Forums, Various dates Feb - May 2017, Various locations.

Free workshop for carers at Shellharbour, Feb - Mar 2017, Shellharbour, (02) 4253 4501,

Carers NSW Carer Line

The Carer Line is a National Toll Free* number offering specialised information, support, referrals and access to counselling and support groups, for carers and service providers.

The Carer Line is available 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday by calling 1800 242 636.

*Mobile rates apply.
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